City break in Bristol :) Part 1

sdrWhen I think of Bristol, I, immediately have the image of one of the nicest and interesting cities in the UK. This city has such a positive vibe and so many things to offer that it’s impossible to don’t love it.

It was one of those days when I felt the need to get out of Exeter. As I was having a week off, I have decided to go to Cardiff and Bristol. My colleagues told me a lot about their experiences in Bristol so I have decided to give it a chance and visit it.

Packed everything, bought my coach ticket and the holiday started. Did the booking for the accommodation while I was on the road so I was ready for a new adventure.

When I finally arrived, the first impression was awful. The coach station was in the refurbishment process and the weather was absolute nightmare. Pouring. As there were no taxis available,I started to walk up to the hotel. And step by step, admiring the view and getting soaked (as I never have an umbrella with me) , I started to like the city. Even on bad weather was lovely. I stayed at Ibis city center hotel where the guys were fantastic. They gave me so much info about the city and what to do. I checked into my room and took a look at the map provided. I checked what is to see nearby and I went for a walk. The Aquarium(DEFINITELY A MUST SEE) and We The Curious were right next to the hotel. After a short walk ,I arrived at the harbor, where you can find restaurants and pubs. They have a really good variety in terms of food and drinks.

After getting lost on the streets of Bristol, I finally managed to find the city center with its shopping centers but as it was getting late and most of them were closing , went back to for a walk by the harbor to make an idea about what I can visit the next 3 days.

How is to be a single female tourist in Bristol? What is to see and do? Is it safe and worth? Is Bath to be visited while on Bristol? Stay tuned and be part of Yanny’s Journey.

Let’s discover: Paignton, United Kingdom

Hello, beautiful people. As the weather outside is really cold and ugly,I was thinking to write about a more nicer and sunnier destination. Paignton is a lovely seaside city located in Devon, South West England.Together with Torquay and Brixham are creating Torbay area or better known as the English Riviera.

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Paignton is a holiday destination suitable for both short and long stays. It has a lot of things and places to keep the tourists busy and in the case you want to visit other near resorts, Torquay is the nearest( more about it, in the future posts).

So, what has Paignton has to offer?

1.Beach

If you love going for long walks on the beach, then you must go to Paignton. It is really clean , dog-friendly (you see dogs running all over the place 🙂 ) and a barefoot walk in the sand will make you forget about everything. Or you can have a coffee while you stay by the sea. There is a place on the beach which is open only in the summer, but the lady serving there is an absolute love and her coffee is amazing. The only advice I would have for you: if you want to eat on the beach, pay attention ,especially in the summer. The seagulls are a nightmare. I remember on one of my visits here, I was with a friend and a seagull stole his ice-cream . As the Britons would say: he wasn’t impressed 😂

2. Paignton Pier

Wonderland of Paignton :). The perfect place if you are with kids , or if you are an adult who never forgot to be a child. It has a large variety of games with plenty of prizes. Although these type of games can be seen in the city centre too, the Pier is definitely a must see.

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3. ZOO

If you go and visit Paignton, do not miss the zoo. One of the most beautiful and large zoos’s I have ever seen (and I saw a few). The adult ticket is somewhere around £16 but if you want to visit Torquay, you can buy a combo ticket and gain entry to the zoo and the Living Coast in Torquay for approximately  £22 . Take at least 2-3 hours to visit everything. The most I stayed in there was for like 3 hours and a half. But it’s worthy. For both adults and kids.

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4. Dartmouth Steam Railway

Are you passionate about steam trains? Then you must definitely arrange a day trip with Dartmouth Steam Railway. The price is £17.50 and it covers the train journey up to Kingswear and the ferry  from Kingswear to Dartmouth. It is an absolutely fantastic experience, with plenty of things and places to visit in Dartmouth (more coming soon)

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5. Shopping

Compared to Torquay, it is poorer in terms of shopping places. But it has coffee shops , restaurants (especially by the seaside), food shops and souvenirs shops. And plenty of charity shops, from where you can buy new brand clothes for a bargain price.

But how to get to Paignton?

If you are a tourist and don’t have a car,the easiest way to get to Paignton is by train. Exeter-Paignton is taking an hour and it costs up to £10 return. And in the price, some amazing views are included too 🙂

To conclude, Paignton has everything a tourist can ask for: beach, sea , places to stay, to eat, tourist attractions , really beautiful views , friendly people and an amazing vibe.

 

Let’s discover:Constanta :)

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When you say Constanta, you say the Black Sea. Constanta is one of the largest port in Europe,being situated on the western coast of the Black Sea. Being one of the biggest cities in Romania (the third), Constanta has everything for everyone: tradition, tourist attractions, places to eat and nightlife. From history to the modern era, even the most exigent taste is satisfied.

Compared to its near tourist resorts (more about them in the next post), Constanta can be visited throughout the year. If you want an unforgettable experience, visit the city on the 15th of August when it’s celebrated Romanian Navy Day. It is a unique experience for everyone, especially if you are from abroad. Also, if you like are passionate about the navy, and history, you can also visit the Romanian Navy Museum and the Museum of National History and Archeology.

If you are traveling with your children, there are plenty of things to do for families. From walkings on the beach, places for kids to play, up to educational attractions, there is always something to do. Let them discover the folk art in the Folk Art Museum or the Natural Science Museum. This is totally a must see.  You can choose from the Dolphinarium and Planetarium, the Aquarium, the Astronomical Observatory, and the Micro Reservation.If you are visiting the city when the season ends( usually mid of September ) you can pay one ticket and gain entry to the Dolphinarium, the Exotic Birds and the Micro Reservation for a really cheap price.

In terms of food, Constanta is a piece of heaven . Plenty of choices, different cuisines, from street food to high-style restaurants. depending on everyone’s budget. Near Ovidiu Square (another tourist attraction), you will find some of the best places to eat. In terms of nightlife, Constanta has a large variety of clubs and bars, but if you are going to the Black Sea in the summer, I personally recommend you to check the other resorts as there more diversified places to have fun.

If you want to relax , then come and sunbath on the Modern beach (really nice beach ) or take a walk by the Casino. Admire the sea or why not, swim in the Black Sea. But pay attention, because it’s not always nice and warm. The legend says that when the sea is agitated , it becomes black and requests its “tribute”. Therefore, after a life is taken, the sea it immediately becomes calm and back to its normal color.

To summarise , Constanta has its positive and negative things:

Positive:

  • Plenty of places to do and see
  • Nightlife, good food and affordable prices
  • Its proximity to other tourist resorts
  • Accommodation

Negative:

  • Overcrowded in the summertime (and during the season, the traffic is a nightmare.)
  • When the season ends, some of the restaurants and businesses (those on the beach) are closed.

Constanta is definitely a must see when coming to the Black Sea. A place which gives you an entire package of feelings and experiences. And why not…maybe a summer love 🙂

Next post will be about what you can see and do near Constanta and the most visited and important tourist resorts. In the meantime, you can check my Instagram (yannysjourney) and please let me know if you have any suggestions or questions.